1. Woodend Nature Sanctuary, the Audubon Naturalist Society’s beautiful grounds in Chevy Chase, MD, is hosting a Grand Reopening tomorrow, October 6, after undergoing a big restoration. The public is welcome to join from 10am – 5pm for tours by docents, an all-ages scavenger hunt, a native plant sale, discounts at the Naturalist Shop, and giveaways. If you can’t make it tomorrow, keep Woodend in mind for a visit another time — the beautiful, tucked away place is great for walks in the woods with kids. You can hike the trails, look for wildlife in the forest and small creatures in the stream, cross footbridges, check out small exhibits, and more.
2. A couple of other tucked away spots we’ve discovered over the years (that many people don’t seem to be aware of given that they’re often empty): Winkler Botanical Reserve and Green Spring Gardens. Smaller grounds and delightful features make them perfect for exploring with little ones, especially this time of year as fall colors begin to emerge.
3. Beloved children’s author and artist Mo Willems will be back at the Kennedy Center this weekend for the We Are All Connected Art Opening Festival. He’ll be creating a large-scale public art playscape, essentially a giant mural, on the REACH Plaza with invited community members — and the public is welcome to watch. There will also be art making, live music, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks available at Victura Park. It’s all free, but register online in advance.
4. What the 700,000 flags I put on the National Mall really mean, by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the artist who created In America: Remember.
5. Back-up plan 🙂